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SEPTEMBER 7th, 8th, and 9th, 186& 




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The documents published at your request in this form, are 
designed for general circulation, and it is believed that many 
persons will think, that something more than mere amazement 
is required to check this dreadful draft on the public purse, 
attended, as it is, with consequences more serious than money 
losses. We beg every reader to ponder well the facts, and then 
ask, what am I doing to arrest or diminish this public demora- 
lization? You may be told that there is an offset to the 
liquor bill, we have brought into the court of public opin- 
ion. Very good, let it be produced. We are prepared to strike 
out every bit of it, and to demonstrate that every item of 
the expenditure is a total loss, and the end thereof national 
ruin. First restrain, and then abolish this odious traffic, is 
the platform of our Union. Send out far and vdde these docu- 
ments for universal information. 


WILLIAM SCOTT, J ^ ecietailcs - 

Canada Temperance Union, 

Secretaries' office, Napanee, Sept. 23rd, 1869.. 


At the meeting of the Executive, held in the month of y 
last, it was deemed advisable to adopt measures for ol 
information respecting the quantity of liquor manufactured and 
used in this country, — the quantity of grain used, or rati i 
misused, in the manufacture of strong drinks, and other col 
teral topics. On the recommendation of the "committee 
appointed to consider this question, I was desired to undertake 
the preparation of these statistics, and repor'; them to this 
Convention. Accepting the position, I prepared and sent 
the following circular : 


Secretary's Office, Na.mnee, Ont.'| 
Department of Statistics. / 

Correct statistics, in reference to the wrongs and cruelties 
inflicted on society by the liquor traf&o., are considered of gi 
value, as of a nature to convince the thoughtful, that the busi- 
ness ought not to be legalized or tolerated, and that the use of 
liquor as a beverage should cease forever. Appointed by the 
Executive to deal with this subject, I am anxious to gather 
information from all parties, on every topic which may bear on 
the general enquiry. I will, therefore, be glad to receive 
authentic facts. 

1. On intemperance and disorder in Christian Churches, and 
the number of communicants engaged in the traffic. 

2. On crimes and offences, including all returns of convic 
tions made by law to Clerks of the Peace. 

3. On pauperism and mendicancy, not only in cities, towns and 
villages, but also among the rural population. 

4. On the costs and losses, other than those incurred by the 
Manufacture and importation of liquor. 


5. On diseases, idiocy, suicides, madness, &c, produced by 

G. On the testimony given by clergymen, magistrates, judges, 
juries, jailors and others against the liquor traffic. 

7. On any collateral topics illustrative of the evils of the 
traffic, and its antagonism to all pursuits that are lawful and 
beneficent in their nature and design. 

I have not enumerated all the subjects on which it is my 

ntention to seek information, but extracts from newspapers,. 

pamphlets, reports of societies, police statistics, parliamentary 

papers and revenue returns, will at any time be thankfully 

received, with a view to classification and publication. 

William Scott. 
May 24th, 1869. 

I regret that so few have responded to the request to furnisb 
authentic facts respecting the liquor traffic and its effects. 
Unless the entire time of an agent were devoted to this object^ 
it is obvious that an enquirer must depend upon correspon- 
dence for his facts ; making use of public documents, as far as 
possible, for the compilation of statistics. The time at my dis- 
posal -for the preparation of a statement of the extent and 
evils of the traffic in this Dominion, has been but brief. I am 
persuaded that only very few persons have any correct idea of 
the all-pervading and ruinous character of this bad business, 
and fewer still have any just conception of the manifold ways 
in which the liquor business acts injuriously on every lawful 
and useful pursuit. There is not a single sound principle of 
political and social economy that is not contravened and under- 
mined by the operations of the trade in strong drinks. The 
investment of large capitals in commercial pursuits, meeting 
the requirements of the community, confers benefit in various 
ways, but in the manufacture of alcoholic drinks, the greater the 
investment the greater the injury — involving less employment 
of lab or, skilled or unskilled, and diffusing in every direction 


not good but evil, with scarcely any redeeming features of pro- 
fit to mankind. Any other business inflicting only a small 
part of the injury and misery of this, would be speedily frown- 
ed down, and the strong arm of the law uplifted, would punish 
the offenders promptly and properly. It is, then, most neces- 
sary that the facts should be gathered, classified and publish- 
ed. But who will undertake the work, and publish throughout 
the land the fearful details of this murderous business 1 Who 
but the temperance bodies, and this body in particular, which 


seeks to unite all parties, and bring into practical co-operation 
the energies of all for the public good. 

If we do not at this time cheerfully combine to arouse the . 
public mind, whatever may be the amount of cost and labor, 
we may be assured that the land will continue to groan under 
the burdens of a most unwise legislation and involuntary taxa- 
tion. This assertion regarding the duties of temperance 
bodies may, to some, look like a reflection on the Christian 
Churches of Canada, and I wish from my heart there were no 
reasons for considering the reflection just. To each Church, 
and to each member of any Church, the Saviour says, " Ye are 
the light of the world," " Let your light so shine." There is 
no difference in. this, as between Romanist and Protestant, 
Episcopalian or Presbyterian. The moral power of the nation 
is in the Church by the design of the divine founder. It is 
denuded of its moral and spiritual influence by fellowship with 
sin, and in proportion to the sanction it affords to any great 
evil. The traffic is an unmitigated evil, but the traffic is in 
the Church ; drunkenness is a vile sin, but drunkenness is in the 
Church : moderate drinking is the cause of drunkenneess, but 
moderate drinking is in the Church. The Church is, therefore, 
stripped of its power for good ; the influence of the good and 
true disciples of Christ is diminished ; their voice silenced by 
the machinery of Bacchus, and the secret practical utterances 
of those who worship at his shrine, and bow to his authority. 


In my circular,! asked for information " on intemperance and 
disorder in Clry^tiaa Churches, and the number of communi- 
cants engaged in the traffic." No answer has been given to 
this enquiry,, but it must not therefore be inferred that the 
Churches are clear of the traffic. It may be, that many of 
+hcse who. could answer the question, are ashamed to reveal 

Vumiliatrug facts. We may not guess — we must not con- 
j aire. In Ontario and Quebec in 1867, there were 34 distil- 
leries and 137 breweries. How many of these are worked by 
Christian hands 1 Quite a number. One half, at least, claim 
to stand on equal footing with the most pure of communicants, 
and have caused their praises to be " sounded out " from the 
Churches that own them, because. of. their wonderful liberality 
towards religious. or educational interests, carried on by volun- 
tary effort. Of. the 3,090 4 561 constituting the population 
1861, only 35,542 profess no religion or acknowledge no- cseed, 
Is then the strength of the traffic, and the number of the 
intemperate to be decided by the number of this irreligious 
group. % By no means ! but chiefly from the crowd of religious 
professors having an acknowledged creed, and having some sort 
of Church fellowship. I am well aware that a large number, 
of our temperance men and women are chiefly connected with 
the several churches, but at the same time it must be admitted 
that their power for good is limited by opposing influences. 
It must be so Ave say, because the whole power of the united 
Christian. Churches would be sufficient to root out and utterly 

;oy for ever the accursed traffic. Excluding mere nominal-, 
ists, who give their power to work iniquity, the world, with 
which they are really united, could not withstand the forces of 
moral energy put forth by consistent and practical Christianity. 
In Ontario and Quebec there are, as I gather from authentic 
sources, 3,374 clergymen of all denominations, 2,318 of these 
are Protestant. I would, however, in this argument blot out 
unction, as it ought to be understood that all acknow ■ 


judge one moral standard of duty. Estimating the population 
of Ontario and Quebec in 1869 at 3,316,268; there stands one 
ambassador for Christ for every 982 persons. Other persons, 
ten times the number of ministers, hold some sort of official 
relation to the Churches, and yet notwithstanding all this em- 
bodied agency, designed to promote good will to men and 
peace, on earth, there has arisen a terribly gigantic power, 
overshadowing all our institutions of every kind, whose sole 
effects are mischief, misery and pollution of every kind and de- 
gree. It is impossible to suppose that the liquor traffic could 
have grown to its present mighty proportions if the watchmen 
of. Zion had been vigilant ; if the Church had been faithful to 
her. vocation. The legislature would not have dared to legal-. 
ize the traffic ; it would have been compelled to suppress it if 
the united strength of embodied Christianity had protested, 
against it, and demanded its extiuction. There is energy in the 
gospel to upraise the masses, giving them divine life and power 
over sin and Satan, but if the human depositories of that power 
allow and cherish the overgrowths and superincumbencies of an 
iniquity such as the liquor traffic surely is, then and therefore 
are the divine purposes thwarted, and wickedness becomes im- 
pudently triumphant. We hope, for better things, though we. 
thus speak. The Canada Temperance Union would consolidate 
and harmonize the action of ail parties in or out of the 
Churches, and there never was a time when united effort was 
more imperatively demanded. But I clo not hesitate to impeach 
the Churches of the past with being instrumental in greatly 
increasing the intemperance which prevails. Even now com- 
plicity in the traffic ; subserviency to drinking customs, and 
obsequious silence when the truth might and should be spoken 
and acted ; these, and other things following in their train, 
have brought us to the pass we are in. There arc a great num- 
ber of ministers and members of Churches who are true and 
triroty to ace reform ; total abstainers; hardwor^ 


ing advocates of prohibition ; but tliey have been shocked by the 
hostility of many, and the indifference of more. They have all 
along been crippled and embarrassed by the insiduous counter- 
working of adversaries, and the cruel antipathy of such as should 
have been friends. The whole community must needs be 
aroused to the existing danger, and seek by all lawful means 

to avert the consequences threatened. 

The science of statistics has been thoroughly studied of late 

years. Governments and public institutions have employed 
men of talent, and invested them with authority to obtain in- 
formation on all subjects bearing on the national and social 
welfare. They have generally only supplied the -facts and 
figures, leaving to others the duty of comparison and calcula- 
tion, with a view to redress wrongs and adjust differences. It 
would seem reasonable to expect that any government knowing 
that any one business absorbing a vast amount of capital, and 
diffusing itself throughout every part of the country, abstract- 
ing the means of subsistence ; multiplying paupers ; murdering 
the population ; augmenting crime and misery ; crippling en- 
terprise, and diminishing the gains of useful trades and benefi- 
cial cornmsrce, would probably devis8 measures to repress the 
evil, and guard the many against the cupidity of the few. 
The fact that a large proportion of the revenue was derived 
from these sources would not stand in the way of investigation 
and decision, if it were seen and felt that no amount of reve- 
nue, however great, could justify moral wrong and social 
suicide, and that there must be in the very^nature of things, and in 
accordance with the laws of political and social economy, some 
other and more equitable method of providing for all the neces- 
sary expenditures incurred in the conduct of civil government. 
Only by a terrible, judicial blindness, or by the infatuation of 
voluntary ignorance, can any people submit to the adoption of 
fiscal measures for revenue purposes, which in their actual 
Operations destroy the energies of the people ; nullify every 


object for which a government is constituted, and render ineffec- 
tual all efforts of the wise and good to elevate the masses, and 
promote that righteousness which alone exalteth any nation. 

The immense drain of the national resources produced by the 
liquor traffic, is a fair subject for consideration. At the pre- 
sent time it is the more necessary to pursue the investigation, 
because it is certain that intemperance and the inevitable fruits 
of the traffic are increasing rather than diminishing, and further, 
because there exists an organized body of adversaries who are 
resolved to remove the few restrictions which operate against 
the traffic, and the partial disqualifications which bear upon 
them in municipal relations. So far from wishing these per- 
sons success, or yielding to the pressure they may make, it is 
ours to show that the entire business ought to be suppressed, 
and that the communitv should be protected against the devel- 
opement of the combined forces of natural evil and personal 
rapacity, by the most stringent prohibitory enactments, to be 
enforced with the severest penalties. 

The official statements of the Minister of Customs for the 
fiscal year ending June 30th, 1869, have not yet reached me. 
As far as relates to the importation of strong drink, there is 
no reason to suppose that there has been any diminution as 
compared with the returns of 18G8. These are before me, and 
from this source is gathered information respecting the magni- 
tude of the traffic in this branch of it. In estimating, however, 
the expenditure to the country in all kinds of intoxicating 
liquors, it is obvious that the returns of the government furnish 
only partial information. The duties are imposed on the 
quantities and values entered. Take for instance the article of 
brandy, 224,045 gallons are entered ; value, $ 232,699 ; duty 
$157,773 ; making of cost, thus far, $390,472. In these 
figures we have no account of freights ; of adulterations subse- 
quent to importation ; nor of actual charges in the wholesale 
and retail markets. That article alone costs the consumers at 



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fl^re, then, is a total estimated cost to the consumers of 

liquors, of four millions, two hundred and thirty-seven thou- 

I, three hundred and nine dollars, but the estimates areij 


in many cases, far below the realities, we may safely put the 
amount down at $5,000,000. 

Looking at the table of imports for Nova Scotia, and taking 
the same liquors, including ale, beer and porter, we find as 
follows: — Gallons imported, 561,905; value, $415,911; duties, 
$352,263 ; total, $768,174. Approximate cost to consumers, 
$1,500,000. One million five hundred thousand dollars. 

We turn next to New Brunswick. Gallons imported, 441,- 
225; value as entered, $336,456; duties, $251,522 j. total, 
$587,978. Approximate cost to consumers, $1,160,000. 

Duties derived from the importation of strong drinks in the 

Dominion, $1,307,402. 

All expenses of every kind must be paid by the consumers, 

and to them the total cost of the imported liquors cannot be 

less than $8,100,000. 

The Inland Revenue Returns for IS'68, have not come to 

hand, or have not been furnished to me, so that I could exam- 
ine them in detail. Of the total returns relating to the manu- 
facture of spirits and beer in the provinces, I have obtained 
some particulars, sufficient to alarm those who have the real 
welfare of the Dominion at heart. I quote from the returns 
published for the year ending June 30th, 1868. 

The distilleries produced 4,080,047 gallons of proof spirit, 
wine measure,, and the breweries. 7,432,685 gallons of beer, 
making a total of 11,513,732 gallons of intoxicating drinks. 
Some portion, a fraction merely, enters into other manufac- 
tures, but.this is more than made up by illicit processes', additions 
and adulterations. The more than 4,000,000 gallons of proof 
spirit is diluted and adulterated, and thereby augmented in bulk 
by nearly 50 per cent., making over 6,000,000 gallons oi pois- 
onous liquor to be poured down the throats of civilized human- 
ity ; which, together with the beer, if undiluted and unadu 
terated, makes a grand total of 13,433,685 gallons of drink a 
against which poor human nature has to contend, 


From these sources of income, the government raises m 
excise duties the sum of $2,425,089 89. The duty on malt, 
produces $162,678.99, making $2,588,368.88. 

Consider, then, what must be the aggregate cost to the con- 
sumers, of all this beverage. They must pay all — first cost,, 
duties, ^tavern licences, profits — every cent must be paid by the 
consumers. T would not exaggerate, for I wish the facts only 
to be fairly stated. It is difficult to ascertain the cost to con- 
sumers with perfect accuracy, but I have sufficient data before 
me to put it down at the enormous sum of $10,000,000 ; add 
to this the $8,100,000, drawn out of the public purse for im- 
ported liquors, and then the appalling figures are before us;. 
Our Dominion liquor bill comes at least to $18,100,000, Eigh- 
teen millions one hundred thousand Dollars ! more than $5 per 
head for every man, woman and child in the Dominion. 

Those who may think this estimate too high, are here re- 
minded, that under the Internal Revenue Act there is the 
Brewer's license of $50, and the Distiller's or Rectifier's Li- 
cense of $250 annually, to be paid. Of distilleries we have 25, } 
which gives the sum of $6,250 ; of breweries there are 153, and 
these licenses amount to $7,650, making together $13,900. By- 
returns, made respecting Tavern Licenses in 1867, for the 
Provinces of Ontario and Quebec, we find no less than 4,410 in 
operation. The Inland Revenue compilations have several other 
items included in the totals from the territorial divisions of 
that department, making a gross total of several hundred thou- 
sand dollars ; but the sum of $40/000, for licences to sell, may 
safely be added to the general expenditures for liquor, to say 
nothing of rents and taxes, which must at least in part be paid 
by the consumers cf the produce of the stills and vats of the 
manufacturers. It is perfectly horrifying that all this treasure 

should be squandered for mere physical gratification. 

Consider, too, how large a quantity of precious grain is des- 
troyed in the process of distillation and brewing. The l&tesk 


returns which I have had an opportunity of examining, are 
those made to the Dominion Parliament for the fiscal year 
ending 30th of June, 1868. Taking these figures, therefore, we 
find the quantity of various kinds of grain used by the Brewers 
of the Dominion in that year, to be 22,685,511 lbs weight, and 
the Distillers destroyed 67,685,511 lbs, making a total of 90,- 
367,360 lbs. The total weight, in lbs, for 1867, was 71,433,- 
150; being an increase of 18,934,210 lbs. The increase of 
intoxicating drinks manufactured in 1868, as compared with 
1867, (a fact not before mentioned), was 1,675,918 gallons. Of 
the kinds of grain included in the above, there is no mention of 
barley. But there is a separate table of the barley made into 
malt, and I find of that grain 348,475 bushels, which does not 
appear to be included in the above totals. Reduce those to 
bushels, and we have at least 1,700,000, and a total of above 
2,000,000 bushels. To these amounts must be added 380,787 
lbs of sugar and syrup, taken away from lawful domestic use, 
and converted into intoxicating drinks. 

It is not for me in this paper to dwell on the criminality of 
this waste of the " good creatures of God," or on the dreadful 
insult offered to God, who has mercifully given a rich variety 
of good grain for the food of man and beast, but which is 
shamefully converted into most destructive poisons. The sup- 
posed cost of these articles has been given, after their transmu- 
tation, and when they come within the reach of all classes of 
imbibers of liquor. But it might be well for all persons who 
are engaged in agricultural pursuits, to enquire how far they 
are justified in raising grain for the purpose of selling to the 
Distiller or Brewer. It is a " fellowship with the unfruitful 
works of darkness " which is at variance with the law of right- 
eousness ; and it is certain that the Agriculturist must come in 
for his share of the costs, losses, calamities and miseries which 
are the invariable fruits of the liquor traffic. 

There are persons who have a special propensity to decry and 


denounce the Government of the Dominion for its lavish ex_ 
penditures of public money. They are advocates of rigid econo- 
my ; they are si locked with what appears to them wasteful outlay 
of the treasury. There may be good reason for complaint, and 
it is unquestionably the duty of the government to manage the 
public business in all its departments, with the utmost economy 
consistent with efficiency, so that the pecuniary burdens of the 
people may be as light as possible. But look at this amazing 
drink taxation, voluntarily endured, without compulsion, and 
without any physical benefit. The government taking advan- 
tage of a propensity to use stimulating liquor, which has been 
mainly created by legalizing the traffic, imposes a heavy tax on 
these liquors, and for this and other reasons we have the tre- 
mendous bill to pay of $18,100,000. Your attention is direct- 
ed to the detailed estimates of the Dominion of Canada for the 
fiscal year ending June 30th, 1869. 

It includes first, the interest of the public debt, charges of 
management, premium on exchange, sinking fund and redemp- 
tion of public debt, the total of these being $6,533,737 40; 
only a few thousands more than imported liquors cost the 
Dominion. Take the next item, " Civil Government," which 
includes the salary of the Governor General and the salaries of 
the Lieutenant-Governors of the several Provinces, and yet the 
total is only, (I write in view of the liquor bill) only $651- 
366,66. The estimates for the " Administration of Justice," 
require $440,150. The whole expenses of " Legislation," 
including miscellaneous items, amount to the trifling sum of 
$483,183. Without further details, we give the total, $17," 
960,911,84 as the Dominion estimates, $140,099 less than our 
liquor estimates. Let the people remember that they get some- 
thing valuable in return for this expenditure. Perhaps a largn 
amount might be saved ; I will not contend with the economist 
but I do candidly enquire what are the returns available as the 
product of the liquor traffic 1 Tho answer may be given at 


onoe in. general terms — -nothing! absolutely nothing that can 
l>e reckoned of value or worth the having ! Alas ! it must be 
told, although all men know it, we do get something in return 
for the expenditures of the liquor traffic. There are, as th e 
fruits of this bad business — loss of health ; loss of life ; loss of 
time ; loss of property ; loss of friends. We reap as the fruits 
of the traffic, penury ; misery ; corruption ; death. As Dr. 
Guthrie has eloquently written : " When men die, corrup- 
tion eommonly begins after death ; but when nations die, it 
always begins before it. And as in that man's gangrened 
extremities and swollen feet, and slow circulation, I see the 
heralds of death approaching ; in these godless masses, sunk in 
ignorance, lost to the profession of religion, and even to the 
decent habits of civiliz ', I see the most alarming signs. 

of a nation's danger- unlei lies are pi Led — 

the unmistakable forerunners of a nation's death. Unless, ear- 
ly, active, adequate measures are employed to arrest the pro- 
gress of our nation's maladies, there remains for this mighty 
empire no fate but the grave— that grave which has closed over 
all that have gone before it. Where are the Assyrian and Egyp- 
tian monarchies % Where is the M I Where 
the world-wide power of Rome 1 Egypt lies entombed amid 
the dust of her catacombs. I beneath the 
mounds of Nineveh. T. s only in the pages of histo- 
ry ; survives but in the memory of is, and the ma- 
jestic ruins of the " Eternal City." our fate resemble 
theirs? Shall it go to prove that Pro videm 
same law of mortality to nations that lies on men 1 That they 
also should struggle throuj agers of a precarious inf 
grow up into the beauty . with tlia ardour* 
arrive at the vigor of a pe] >- 
ing pass through the blindness and decay of old age, until y 
drop into the tomb?" The corruption and death mentioned as 
the result of the liquor traffic, may be partially arrested or 


delayed. The recuperative powers of human nature are amazing 
— the compensative power of lawful commerce and providential 
government are beyond all things astonishing; but intempe- 
rance, fostered by a legalized traffic in strong drink, will inevi- 
tably issue in national decay and utter ruin. By the combined 
exertions men and women, the evil effects of 
the traffic may be restrained. We have held back the 
threatened devastation. The religious influences of Chris- 
tianity, operating in the nations, have checked and modified 
the antagonistic forces ot strong drink; but all these have 
been insufficient to banish the enemy, and in this New Do- 
minion we are yet face to face with the most formidable 
foe of humanity, — the direst adversary of God and man. 
Grinning a ghastly smile, defying moral suasion, entrench- 
ed behind the ramparts of legislation, the enemy ehallengos 
us to battle. Arc v? ready ? Yes, we shall fight with both 
weapons, irasm a?<J law; assisting the weak and helpless 
drunkard and jnoderate drinker, by argument, and driving 
the foe from his entrenchments bj T the avenging power of 
righteous legrrs'at'cu. To the polls, O Israel ! and there you 
gain a victory t Vi forever retained by moral suasion and 
Christian power 

For many years we have been accustomed to the statistics 
of crime, poverty and death, as the constant fruit of the 
liquor traffic. It is questionable whether the facts have ever 
made a sufficient impression on the public mind. If all the 
information which has been collected and published, should 
be gathered and presented at one view, it would be appall- 
ing beyond measure. The records of war, and the cruelties 
of barbarism, have nothing to show equal in horror to the 
results of the liquor traffic, — nothing so shockingly repug- 
nant to humanity and Christianity; all the worse because 
perpetrated under cover of law, and attended with remorse- 
less avarice, clothed with the symbols of rectitude and 


fraternity. By reason of our present situation of prevailing 
intemperance, it is necessary to do over again the work of 
former years, and repeat the story of vexatious wrong doing, 
m order if possible to reach the core of the evil, and as far 
as possible remove it. To the facts then. It^js indisputable 
that the chief business of the police in every city and town 
in Canada, is to take care of the reprobates of society, who 
are trained and nurtured to vicious habits by the hundreds 
of drunkeries opened by authority for a consideration. In 
one year, out of 3,600 apprehensions by the Police in Mon- 
treal, 2208 were caused directly by intemperance, The 
next year the same sad story is told, and the number has 
increased to 4,217. This was in Montreal. In Toronto, the 
statistics are not less appalling, and everywhere the evid- 
ence shows that four fifths of the crime of the country is 
attributable to the liquor traffic— a writer in the Globe says 
nine teen-twentieths in Toronto In Ottawa, the Metropoli- 
tan City, 812 cases came under the notice of the Police 
Magistrate in 1867, and the respected City Clerk assures 
me that a very large majority of these eases were for 
drunkenness. Everywhere the same statement is made. 
A Canadian Parliamentary Committee reported that 
"Intemperance leads. to crime, to insanity, to pauperism. 
Que half of the crime annually committed, two-thirds of 
the cases of insanity, three fourths of the pauperism are 
ascribable to intemperance." Within a few years, the 
daily press of Canada has come into existence, and most of 
these think it right to send a reporter to the police courts. 
We have every day a statement of business done before the 
guardians of law and defenders of right, Every day furnishes 
its own statistics of crime and madness. These are garnish- 
ed in some cases with ribaldry and folly, affording merri- 
ment to those who care not to perceive that the wrecks and 
waifs of fallen humanity, made amenable to law, have 
been brought to their low estate by the liquor traffic, and 


arj hastening to death by the demon of drink. Every police 
report, if viewed aright, would satisfy every candid enquirer 
that the liquor traffic is an 'intolerable burden, an unmiti- 
gated curse, the foe of God and all mankind. Within a 
few years past, we have had to increase our penal institu- 
tions, at a great cost to the country ; asylums for the insane 
are in course of erection ; hospital accommodation is 
demanded ; reformatories for vagrant and erring youth are 
established; boys' and girl's homes, public and private 
charitable institutions are in operation; and if enquiry be 
made in reference to the chief source from whence springs 
the necessity 'fur all this expenditure, it will be answered 
that it is the liquor traffic. Nearly a thousand convicts are 
found in the Kingston Penitentiary at the close of 1867. 
The Reformatory of Ontario had in it. during 18;%', over 200 
youths, and that of* Quebec 120, mostly the victims of the 
intemperance of parents. The Common Gaols of Ontario 
received 6777 convicts of all ages, costing $92 464. Those 
of Quebec received 7228, the expenses being $64,438, mak- 
ing a total of $156,902. Our expenses i\>r the Administra- 
tion of Justice in Ontario sbeo amount to $238,501). 
The Provincial Synod of the Church of England recommends 
an Inebriate Asylum, because the degrading vice or intem- 
perance is unhappily too prevalent in Canada. Our Lunatic 
Asylums in the several Provinces of the Dominion, have 
under treatment more than 2,000 persons, at an annual cost 
•of about 250,000 dollars, to say nothing of enormous expen- 
ditures for public .buildings. Palal accidents and sudden 
deaths are continually occurring through drink, occasioning 
great loss of time, and property, and money. This liquor 
business is the worst possible speculation that ever any 
country engaged in. I s evils and losses enter into and 
permeate the whole fabric oi'olrr social economy. The ex- 
penses are inevitable, and in a thousand ways we are taxed 
for its support, and in such various ways, that to arrive at 
a full and correct o.timate is utterly impossible. The 
United Kingdom Al iance has made a declara ion that the 
yearly loss to the British nation is not less than £228,886,- 
280 sterling—?, c, SI. 144,431,400. The friends of Tempe- 
rance in the United Slates estimat) their liquor bill alone, 
without calculating collateral losses, at the mighty sum of 
10,000,000. What are the items of expenditure and loss 
incurred by this Dominion ? It is perfectly dreadful to 
contemplate; but we "had better look the facts iuirlv ia 


face, and ask how long the ravages of this plague shall con- 
tinue. Let us take the same rule of judgment as that 
adopted by our friends in the United Kingdom : 

J. Money Annually Spent in Intoxicating Drinks — 

1. Of liquors imported $8,100,000 

2. Of liquors manufactured, . . . 10,000,000 
Jl. Loss in the Production and Retail Sale 

of Strong Drink — 

1. Laud now used in the cultivation of hops 
and various kinds of grain, for the distiller 

&c., would produce food for man and beast, 2,500,000 

2. Loss of capital and labor worth, . . 5,500,000 

3. Loss of labor to the Slate, by retailers, &c, 

and their servants, .... 3,000,000 

III. Annual Expenses and Burdens arising 
from the Liquor Traffic — 

1. Loss of labor and time to employers and 

working men by drinking usages . 5,500,000 

2. Destruction of property on Land, on lakes 
and rivers — loss by theft, bad debts, and 

various crimes, through drinking, . 3,400,000 

3. Charges through pauperism, destitution, 

kness; insanity and premature death, 
traceable to the use of strong drink, 3,500 ! •' 

-i. Cost of police, prosecutions, courts of jus- 
tice, support of criminals, losses to jurors 
and witnesses, at least, . . . 2,000,000 

(J rand total annual loss to the Dominion, $1-3.500,000 
]ii the name of all that is lovely and of good report — in 
the name of justice and of mercy — in the name of in nu- 
de innocent sufferers — in the name of our Common 
Saviour, who died for the redemption of the race; I do 
appeal to the conscience of every man, of every creed or 
of no creed, against the legalized toleration of this "sum 
of all villainies,'' the liquor traffic. 

William Scott. 
Napance, 1st Sept., L 

P. S. — Later returns more than justify the estimates 

given in this paper. 


To the " Canada Temperance Union," in Convention 
Assembled : 

Your Committee on Legislation, having carefully consid- 
ered the several papers and documents referred to them, 
most respectfully report as follows : 

1. That, in the opinion of your Committee, it is impolitic 
and wrong in any community to sanction and legalize a 
traffic tending to the increase of crime, and the destruction 
of property, health and life. 

2. The traffic in intoxicating liquors as a common beve- 
rage, being of the above character, no consideration of prU 
vate gain, cr public revenue, can justify the continuance of 
a system so manifestly wrong in. principle and disastrous in 
its results, 

3. The history of all past legislation upon this question 
clearly proves the impossibility of satisfactorily limiting and 
regu'ating a traffic so decidedly mischievous in its tendencies. 

-L Your Committee are therefore of the opinion that 
nothing short of the Legislative prohibition of this entire 
traffic, except for chemical, medicinal and mechanical pur- 
poses, should fully satisfy the j^atriotic and temperance 
sentiment of the country. 

5. Your Committee, however, are aware that much diver- 
sity of opinion exists, even among the good and true friends 
of prohibition, as to whether further action should be taken 
immediately in favor of entire prohibition, or whether a de 
termined and united effort ought not first to be made to 
rk out practically and enforce thoroughly our present 
prohibitorj- laws, asking in the mean time for such changes 
as will make the working machinery more perfect and the 
laws less objectionable than at present; and after mature 
deliberation, your Committee have decided to recommend 
the Convention to p; latter course for the present. 

G. And as some misunderstanding exists as to the present 

state of our license laws, and the regulations of the liquor 

traffic, your Committee would direct attention to the follovv- 

1 1 i s : 

The law entirely prohibits the sale of liquorat, 

, r within three miles of public works, whether being con- 


Btrnctcd by the Government, by incorporated bodies or by 

The sale is also prohibited absolutely during election 
days, at agricultural exhibitions, in prisons, to Indians, and 
to confirmed drunkards; and to everybody from 7 o'clock 
p.m., on Saturday, to 6 o'clock, a.m., on Monday. 

And any Municipality, by vote of the electors, may 
entirelj" prohibit the sale of liquor at retail (that is, in quan- 
tities less than five gallons, in the original packages) during 
the entire year, and from }-car to year. 

Councils may pass By-laws for limiting the number of 
tavern and shop licenses; for determining the terms and 
conditions to be complied with before obtaining a license, 
and fixing the amount of security to be given by parties ob- 
taining a license. 

The penalty for selling without a license is from $20 to 
$50 fine, and costs — second offence, three months in prison 
—lifter second offence, six months in prison, prosecution to 
commence within two months. 

For not closing licensed houses from 7 o'clock Saturday 
evenings to six Monday morning, fine $20, and costs, or 15 
days in prison, at hard labor — second oifence, $40 — third 
offence, $100 — fourth offence, three months in prison — must 
prosecute within twenty days after the commission of tha 
oifence. The present law also makes a vendor of liquor 
liable in damages to the amount of $1,000, if the purchaser, 
while under the influence of the liquor so sold, come to his 
death by suicide or accident ; action lobe brought within 
three months. And if any person intoxicated should assault 
another, the vendor of the liquor is liable for all damages. 
And the husband, wife, parent, brother, sister, tutor, guar- 
dian, or employer of any person in the habit of drinking to 
excess, may give notice in writing to the vendors not to 
cell or give to such person; and selling afrer such notion 
renders the seller liable for damages to the amount of $50.0. 
7. Your Committee submit that much of the drunkenness 
in villages, towns and cities is the result of the sales of 
liquor made at licensed shops, to which places mechanics 
arid laborers necessarily resort for the purchase of groceries 
and supplies for their families; and thus the temptation is 
presented to purchase liquor to drink at home, or to take a 
dram in the store, presented by a generous dealer to agood 
customer. Your Committee recommend that the Legisla- 
ture of Ontario be requested at its next sitting, to repeal 
the law authorizing shop licenses; and that provisions be 


made throwing the entire retail traffic in intoxicating drinks 

into the hands of the licensed tavern keepers, makingthem 
liable at the same time for the mischief resulting from such 
traffic ; providing also that no sale or delivery of liquor, in 
any quantity, be made to any minor under the age of sixteen 

8. Your Committee also submit that, in order to the duo 
•enforcement of our license laws, and the righteous punish- 
ment of the violation of the same, a necessity exists that it 
should be made the official duty of some person or persons 
to take the lead in bringing such offenders to justice; and 
that the Inspector of Licenses be charged with this duty. 

9. In the opinion of your Committee, much of the loss, 
sin, poverty and suffering resulting from the liquor traffic 
is hidden from the public view, and much that is seen, or 
may be seen, is passed unheeded, because the mind is not 
specially directed to those points of observation where the 
traffic tells with unchecked force against the individual and 
national weal. We therefore submit the desirability of 
asking the Dominion Government to appoint a Committeof 
enquiry to investigate the subject in all its bearings, and 
report upon the same, with suggestions as to what should 
be done in the future, at as early a day as possible ; and in 
connection with the work of this Committee, the subject of 
an Inebriate Asylum can well be considered and reported 

10. Your Committee propose to make but one more sug- 
gestion as to present legislation and Governmental action 
upon the subject under consideration. Though last to lie 
noticed in this report, it is regarded by your Committee as 
first in importance, for upon the action which shall be taken 
regarding it depend the weal or woe of many thousands of 
the living and many millions yet unborn. In dealing with 
the liquor traffic in the four Provinces of the Dominion, w«. 
encounter, among other things, vested "rights, and a large 
amount of invested capital, which many improperly hold to 
be sacred and not to be disturbed by legislation — while in 
the recent acquisition of the Had 1\\\l>v country we are 
called upon to legislate for a country fair and fertile and 
without the supposed vested rights connected with the 
liquor interest. As yet the ascending smoke from no dis- 
tillery, nor rising steam from any brewery, pollute the salu- 
brious breeze that gently waves the tall grasses of the beau- 
tiful prairies skirting the natural canals of that great coiin- 
.ry. the Saskatchewan, the Assinaboine, and Keel liivcr. 


;et your prayer to the authorities be, " Let, Of in mercy ! let 

lis spot, this country, be free, forever free, from the curse of 

Icohol. Protect and preserve for all coming time the red 

tan of the forest, and the white man of advancing civiliza- 

on, from the dread scourge of the present age. Let this 

) the one green, bright spot beneath the folds of the dear 

d flag, where the key-stone of the horrid arch of crime 

\d sin shall never be fixed." Should we have no other 

ylum where man can feel himself free from the folds of 

e dread serpent which coils about him, let the world know 

at this has been preserved, and that here he is protected, not 

' the circumscribed walls of brick or stone ; but by the 

tensive boundaries of a great, healthful and fertile pro- 


All which is respectively submitted. 

A. Farewell, Chairman. 
mmittee Boom, 
Toronto, 8th Sept., 1869. 


Canada Temperance Union. 



President, — Hon. M. Cameron, Ottawa. 

Yice Presidents, — Rev. Dr. Ormiston, Hamilton ; Rev. 
Wm. Scott, Napanee ; Rev. Dr. Richardson, Yorkville ; 
John Dougall, Esq., Montreal; Hon. S. L. Tilley, Ottawa j 
&c., &c. (See Report.) 

Secretaries, — W. S. Williams, Esq., and Rev. Wrn. Scott, 

Treasurer,— E. W. Hoi ton, Esq., Belleville. 

Rev. Wm. Scott, Commissioner of Statistics. 

£7g The next Convention will be held in the City of 
Montreal, on Tuesday the 6th day of September, 1870. 

Special InTotice. — All persons subscribing One Dollar to 
the funds of the Union, are entitled to receive the Printed 
Report of the proceedings of the Convention, to which is 
appended both the foregoing valuable reports. To all con- 
tributors of $1.00 and upwards, to the general treasury, a 
printed certificate of membership will be forwarded. A 
donation of $25.00, or upwards, entitles any person to life 
membership, with appropriate certificate, 

As a wide circulation of these documents is desired, and 
the Prize Essays also, at an early date, all persons who de^ 
sire the prosperity of the Union, are earnestly solicited to 
forward substantial help as soon as possible. The Secreta- 
ries cannot fulfil the duties imposed on them by the Con- 
vention, unless they receive pecuniary assistance toward 
the publication of documents and circulars ordered to be 

As soon as the Journal of the Union is established, all 
monies will be therein duly acknowledged — meanvvhile all 
remittances may be forwarded to the Secretaries, Napanee.